by Sarah Rindner Recent debates about women and the Orthodox rabbinate yielded a range of interesting, impassioned and also banal observations by various Jewish professionals and laypeople. Although sociological and legal arguments abound, a...
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This morning Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks delivered the Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4 on ‘Reconciling the two faces of religion’. Transcript below. Yesterday I found myself deep in cognitive dissonance. With...
The positions Open Orthodox leaders have espoused put them unmistakably beyond the pale of Torah Judaism, no different than the Reform or Conservative movements. Open Orthodoxy is leading the Jewish people away from the Torah.
The Conference of European Rabbis states that Open Orthodoxy is responsible for “deviations from our religious foundations,” and that its graduates are not recognized as rabbis in any Torah-observant community in Europe.
According to the foremost Council of Rabbinic scholars in the United States, “Open Orthodoxy” is not a form of Torah Judaism, and any ordination (“semicha”) granted by any affiliate to its graduates does not confer any rabbinic authority.
The articles about the dearth of female pictures in publications targeting Orthodox readership by Rabbis Adlerstein, Gordimer and Menken, led to many strong, passionate posts and comments, some logical, some strident, some emotional, some mean-spirited and some downright silly.